Standout performances in the NCAA Tournament

Standout performances in the NCAA Tournament through three rounds

3/25/13 in NCAABB   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

For most of us, the past four days have been sweet, stressful, and unproductive, as college basketball has pummeled us with 48 games since Thursday afternoon. As much as we'd love to stay glued to our TV's the entire time, many of us have more pressing matters to address. Fortunately, I'm a boring loser who has seen at least a portion of every game, so I've got a pretty good idea of what has happened so far in the Big Dance. Here are the performances that have stood out the most to me through the first three rounds:

Note: I can't stand that they consider the play-in games to be "Round One," but that's the way it is now, and I guess I just have to deal with it.
Mar 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) reacts to a play in the first half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
A lot of people were writing off Michigan as they unraveled a bit down the stretch of the regular season. However, this is a team that was ranked No. 1 in the middle of the season, and has only one loss to a team that didn't finish in the Top 25 (Penn State, who Michigan was 2-1 against on the season). Michigan got back to playing like that No. 1 caliber team in the tournament, handling South Dakota State as expected (71-56 win) and handling VCU (who was coming off an 88-42 win over Akron) in dominant fashion (78-53 win). This is one of the hottest, most complete teams in the tournament, and it's going to be very difficult to take them down.

PS - This Mitch McGary fella is my kind of ball player.

There was concern as to whether or not Miami could handle the pressure of a 2-seed, but they have been very impressive thus far. They were dominant against Pacific (78-49), and displayed grittiness and strong composure against Illinois (whom they trailed with 1:24 left, but pulled off a 63-59 win). It was nice to see their ability to get a big lead and hold it, but also grind out a tough win in the clutch.

Marquette has been involved in two of the tournament's most entertaining games so far. They pulled off a miraculous win against Davidson after trailing by four with only 20 seconds remaining. Two days later, they topped Butler after trailing by three with 1:39 remaining. These are the types of games that can leave a team oozing with confidence, allowing them to believe that they always have a shot at pulling off the win. They'll be a very stubborn team for the remainder of the tournament. Miami (Marquette's Sweet 16 opponent) has to make sure they never take their foot off the gas if they want to knock off Marquette.
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3/26/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Well.. I am going with my school.. The folks at CBS picked us to lose in San Jose, CA to Montana.. I admit the game was closer than needed and then we had a tough Pac 12 team in California.. So Syracuse is in the Sweet 16 where not even the great Georgetown could make this year. So we get another week of team practice and travel... See you all in DC,,,,